American Chop Suey

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Sauteed onion and ground beef are paired with quick-cook elbow macaroni, your favorite tomato sauce, and a few shortcuts for an American classic dinner that’s ready in under 30 minutes.
Serve with fresh chopped parsley and grated cheese.

Listen to me briefly explain how this dish is made, with great tips along the way, by clicking the play button below:

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  • 1 lb. uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled, sliced
  • ½ tsp. salt, divided
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3 cups (24 oz.) prepared marinara sauce


  1. Prepare elbow macaroni according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion and ¼ teaspoon of the salt. Cook, stirring occasionally until onion is translucent and starts to caramelize, about 5 minutes.
  3. Push onions to edges of the skillet. Add ground beef and remaining ¼ teaspoon of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, breaking up any large clumps of ground beef until cooked through and well browned, about 15 minutes.
  4. Drain pasta, stir in sauce; transfer to a large serving bowl. Stir in onions and ground beef. Serve warm.